Drivers 'hide valuables in cars'

Satnavs, mobile phones and wallets are the most common valuables that are left behind in cars by some drivers when their vehicles are parked and unattended, a poll has revealed.

According to the research conducted by online polling specialist OnePoll, motorists leave an average of £112 worth of goods in their car's glove boxes, while the value of items left in a car boot averages £165.

The survey found 33% of drivers admitted hiding their satnavs in the glove-box of their cars, while 22% said they left their mobile phones in there and 18% said it is where they keep their wallet or purse.

More expensive items such as lap tops (15%) and golf clubs/sporting equipment (20%) were left by drivers in their boots. Some of the motorists also use the boot to keep satnavs (10%), mobile phones (9%) and wallets/purses (11%).

Despite most motorists leaving their valuables behind in the car, 72% of them did not know whether their car insurance offered protection for such goods when their vehicles were left unattended.

Compared to people over the age of 45, motorists between 18 and 25 were 50% more likely to leave valuables in their car's glove compartment.

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